I‘ve always liked the winter Olympics more than the summer ones. Maybe it’s because I’m more likely to watch TV in the winter. Or maybe it’s because there are way more Wisconsin and Minnesota olympians on the winter team. Then again, it could be because in my younger days I could actually dream of being on the winter team. As a competitive cross-country skier I was pretty good; as a basketball player, not so much.

Now, of course, those dreams are over. I’ll never be on an Olympic team. But the bible reminds us that we are on a different kind of team. We are on God’s team, and we have a race to run – the race of faith with a far better prize than a medal of gold. We are never too old or too young or too weak or too clumsy to be on this team. We are all in the race.

The bible tells us: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrew 12:1-2 

Happy racing!

Pastor Mark